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Aliphine Tuliamuk wins 11th U.S. title at USATF 25 km road championships

Tuliamuk became the third woman to win four USATF 25km championships

On Saturday morning in Grand Rapids, Mich., U.S. Olympic marathoner Aliphine Tuliamuk won her 11th career U.S. title at the USATF 25 km Road Championships, becoming the third woman ever to win four USATF 25 km championships.

The conditions were humid and temperatures reached highs of 20 C during the race, but it did not slow down Tuliamuk nor the American marathon record holder, Keira D’Amato. Both athletes went out at a quick pace, passing through the 5K mark in 16:24. D’Amato and Tuliamuk’s lead grew to several minutes through 10K, passing through the mark in 33:01.

Tuliamuk began her charge on D’Amato with just under 10K to go, maintaining her form in the final stages of the race, crossing the finish line only two seconds off the course record time of 1:23:19, to secure her fourth USATF 25 km career title. D’Amato took second overall behind Tuliamuk in 1:24:04. Dakota Lindwurm took home third in 1:26:37.

Tuliamuk continues her bounce-back season after dropping out at the 20 km mark of the Tokyo Olympic marathon last August. She was second two weeks ago at the Pittsburgh Half Marathon in 69:56.

In the men’s race, it was Leonard Korir who ran away with the race from 10K on. Korir extended his lead to around 200m on Futsum Zeinasellassie at the 10-mile mark and held on to take the win in 1:15:53.

Zeinasellassie finished behind Korir for the second week in a row, crossing the line in 1:16:29. He was also second to Korir at the USATF Half Marathon Championships last weekend in Indianapolis, Ind. Kiya Dandena of Flagstaff, Ariz., ran a negative split on the back half to claim third in 1:16:42.